July 24, 1915
The Monarch Machine Co. received word today from their dealer in Stockholm, Sweden, advising that 21 lathes shipped to him by Monarch on the steamer Toro, in March, had been seized by the Germans, the latter having seized everything on the boat. The lathes were paid for by the Stockholm dealer before they left New York and they had them insured.
Construction of the 16 ½ miles of traction line between Covington and Fort Loramie was assured following the meeting of business men and residents of the towns and farms along the line held at Fort Loramie yesterday. A company for building the line was formed and articles of incorporation drawn, signed by 10 of the men present. The line will be known as the Dayton and St. Marys Traction Co. Since the meeting of June 29, right-of-way has been secured along both sides of the proposed line across Miami County and practically all in Shelby County.
July 24, 1940
Today’s temperature reading in Sidney at 2 o’clock was 96 degrees, according to Rodney Blake, local weather observer. This reading was the highest so far this year and follows an overnight minimum of 73 degrees, also establishing a high minimum for the year to date. Some relief was in prospect for sweltering local residents with the prediction for thundershowers later today. Readings well above the 100 degree mark were reported from many sections of the nation.
Climaxing an improvement sought for several years, the Lake Loramie Improvement Association turned over to the state highway department today, deed for a strip of land near Lake Loramie that will permit the construction of a connecting road between two state highways. Authorization to make the purchase of the land to connect the Paulwell road with the two highways was approved by the improvement association at its meeting at Koverman’s Landing last night.
July 24, 1965
In the past 20 years, approximately 8,000 children and adults in Shelby County have been taught to swim under the auspices of the American Red Cross as a part of the national crusade “to make every American a swimmer and every swimmer a lifesaver.” The second and final two week session of the free daytime swimming classes offered by the local chapter terminated on Friday. There was an average of 250 children taking lessons in each session, according to Rafe Echemann, chairman of the Shelby County water safety program for the 12th consecutive year.
William Sollman and Harry Schemmel, both members of the Sidney Boat Club, have purchased four acres of land near the organization’s boathouse. Sollman has dredged a channel into his section of real estate for the specific purpose of establishing service to boats, both by the way of repairs and fuel, not to mention the sale of new craft. The excavation uncovered a number of springs which not only keep the channel clear, but actually sends water out of the marina into the river.
July 24, 1990
The Sidney Schools Board of Education announced big plans today. The board voted to place a levy on the ballot to raise money for a new elementary school building. It will house 500 students. The board also will seek to build an addition on Northwood School to accommodate an additional 100 children. The levy will be for 2.06 mills and raise a total of $5.1 million.
A local talent is about to make the big time in New York City. Kelly McCrary is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James McCrary. Kelly went to the city after graduation from high school and began to make headway in the entertainment industry. She just announced that she will be the lead singer in a new band called “Baby Crawl.” They will play pop music. The group plans to record their first song next year. Kelly took music lessons at Sarver’s Music and studied dance at Sharon’s School of Dance.
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